Speeches by the Prime Minister

PM Holness Remarks at the 1st Extraordinary Inter-Sessional Summit of the OACPS
Statement from Prime Minister Andrew Holness
Policy Statement – Prime Minister of Jamaica The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, ON, MP at the General Debate – 74Th Session of the United Nations General Assembly New York, 27th September 2019
Intervention by Prime Minister of Jamaica the Most Hon Andrew Holness, ON, MP at the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative High Level Event: Progress and Perspectives on Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls, UNGA, New York
Report delivered by the Prime Minister of Jamaica The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, ON, MP  on behalf of the Climate Finance and Carbon Pricing Track
Statement by the Prime The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, Prime Minister ON, MP at the High Level Panel on Sustainable Ocean Economy

Address By The Most Honourable Andrew Holness ON, MP Prime Minister of Jamaica At the COVID-19 Press Conference On August 21, 2020

September, 09 2020
Thank you, Naomi. Good afternoon to everyone here and everyone listening on radio and television, and of course everyone listening in on social media. The Ministry of Health has announced already, yesterday, that we've had 98 new cases in the last 24 hours. Our cumulative number of cases is now 1,290 and we now have 416 active new cases. As of yesterday, we had 31 persons hospitalized including suspected positive cases of COVID-19. We also have 55 persons isolated in government facilities, 336 isolated at home, and 9 quarantined in a government facility. We also have 28,741 persons quarantined at home. Now, I quite well know and understand that most Jamaicans would see this as cause for panic. I would say, yes, it is a cause for serious concern but not a cause for panic. You will recall in previous press conferences that I've said that we expect that there will be increases in our numbers, particularly as a result of the reopening of our borders and the reopening of the economy towards its full operating capacity. We've also said that now we are in the phase of managing risks and we have done a very good job in managing…

Address By The Most Honourable Andrew Holness ON, MP Prime Minister of Jamaica and Minister Dr Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health At the COVID-19 Press Conference On August 24, 2020

September, 09 2020
Thank you, Naomi.  Good afternoon everyone here and listening in radio land and television land and of course to our friends in social media. First of all, Naomi before you mentioned that i chaired the COVID Sub Committee of Cabinet but at that meeting we also discussed the weather situation and the flooding that has taken place. Before we go into the COVID matters let me spend a little time on the heavy rains that the island has been experiencing since yesterday arising from tropical storm Laura.  Several parishes have experienced severe flooding and landslide damage. This has impacted a number of communities for example the Bamboo River community in St Thomas, has experienced flooding as a result of the Bamboo River overflowing its banks due to heavy siltation at the mouth of the river. This is of particular concern as the community is currently under quarantine as part of the COVID-19 control measures. ODPEM is monitoring the situation and work is underway to clear blocked roads and thoroughfares island wide. I ask all Jamaicans to exercise care and to monitor the reports from the MET office and ODPEM. Later on in the press conference we have representatives from the…

Remarks By The Most Honourable Andrew Holness ON, MP Prime Minister In Parliament On July 28, 2020

September, 09 2020
Mr. Speaker, as we all know, the measures under the Disaster Risk Management Act will expire on Friday, July 31, 2020. As we usually do Mr Speaker,  in the renewal of the Orders, I would make a public statement, an update to the country as to the proposed changes and then I would come to Parliament, present it to Parliament so that Parliament can have some review on the proposed changes and I think that this has become routine and a successful plan and I would attribute the successes that we've had to the governance that we have put in place to allow for the oversight of parliament in these measures so Mr Speaker, let me start with our usual graph.  On the first graph displayed, the solid black line which is now appearing shows the cumulative number of cases as announced yesterday as we are at as of yesterday 583 cases and I believe that two cases have been added today from the press release I've seen so we are now at 855 with 10 additional recoveries. The dotted black line which you're seeing below the solid black line just for reference that is showing where we would have…

The Most Hon. Andrew Holness Swearing-in Speech for Four Ministers Sworn into the Cabinet of Jamaica

September, 09 2020
Ministers are Servants, is a theme I would like to stress today. You are appointed to serve, it is a selfless task and everyday you give of yourself. It can also be a thankless task but that should not deter you from service. Excellency, I have had the opportunity to serve with the four Ministers who have been appointed today, and like the others who will be appointed shortly, I know that every day, they give of themselves, and I am satisfied and I am indeed, honoured and privileged to have served with them. And I make the recommendation to you Excellence for their appointment without hesitation. I know that they too are concerned about the mandate that the Government has received, they too have expressed that they are very cautious because whilst it is an incredible affirmation of their own performance they also see it as tremendous burden placed on them because to whom much is given, much is expected and they have said to me that they do not want to fail the people, and they will work with every fibre in their body, with all their energy to ensure that we are a successful Government, and we…

The Most Hon Andrew Holness Swearing in Speech September 7, 2020

September, 09 2020
Your Excellencies the Governor General, the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, Dr. Floyd Morris Representing the Leader of the Opposition, Sir Kenneth Hall Former Governor General, Mr. Bruce Golding former Prime Minister, Honourable Chief Justice, my fellow Jamaicans good afternoon. There is no certain of victory, so we must work diligently on the people’s behalf, and place our faith in God, that He would reward our efforts according to his Judgement and Grace.  So, I say to God be the glory. For all that we have achieved and all we ever hope to achieve, we give God thanks. In 2016 you, the people, entrusted your hopes and dreams to us and we did not bury them.  With industry, enterprise, and partnership we set about fulfilling your dreams and keeping your hope alive. There is still much more work to be done. I am humbled and honoured, that the people of Jamaica have seen it fit to give me another opportunity to once more be the chief steward of their affairs. Thank you for your vote and support, and I commit once again, to using every fibre of my being and all the energy of my spirit for the advancement, fulfilment,…

Independence Day Message 2020

August, 06 2020
On the Occasion of INDEPENDENCE DAY 2020 A NEW JAMAICA IS EMERGING My Fellow Jamaicans, we celebrate the 58th anniversary of our nation’s Independence in the throes of a pandemic.  Together, we have done well in managing the crisis, through the hard work of thousands of frontline workers and the support and cooperation of most Jamaicans. We cannot afford to become complacent now.  We are still at risk.  Therefore, we must continue to strictly observe all the infection prevention and control measures, including the wearing of masks, washing hands, and social distancing. There is no doubt that the pandemic has had a severe impact on our lives and livelihoods; however, we are starting to see some “green shoots”.  Our collective efforts in fiscal, monetary and structural reforms, reducing debt, increasing foreign exchange reserves, restoring macroeconomic stability as well as our fiscal overall performance have put us in a much better position to enable us to recover stronger. As a Government, despite COVID-19; we remain committed to making this, the Decade of Growth for Jamaica to anchor our peace, prosperity and resilience. A new Jamaica is emerging, filled with hope and optimism. We have made significant investments to strategically upgrade our civil…

EMANCIPATION DAY MESSAGE 2020

August, 01 2020
“We are going to have to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery, because whilst others might free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind. Your mind is your only ruler. The man who is not able to develop and use his mind is bound to be the slave of the other man who uses his mind”. As we pause to celebrate Emancipation Day, to reflect on its significance to our present reality, I greet you with the words of the forefather of Pan-Africanism – our very own, the Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey. Only a few days ago, I launched the National Education Transformation Commission, out of an acute recognition that we must transform our systems, particularly our education system, to give ourselves the best chance of developing a growing economy and thriving society in a new global order, driven by knowledge and technology.  The Pandemic has only served to hasten this new global order and heightens the need for us to undergo this critical transformation. You may be asking yourself – what does this have to do with Emancipation? Here again, I invoke the words of Marcus Garvey, immortalized in song by Bob Marley – “none but ourselves…

Prime Minister Andrew Holness – Declaration of Zone of Special Operations in August Town

July, 08 2020
As Prime Minister acting in accordance with the advice of the National Security Council, and having received the written agreement of the Commissioner of Police and the Chief of Defence Staff, I have declared a Zone of Special Operations under the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act, 2017. The Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) (August Town Zone) Order, 2020 has been gazetted. The community of August Town has been assessed as a significant contributor to the level of crime in the St. Andrew Central Police Division and for some time now has been designated a hotspot within this Police Area.   Based on the assessment, there is an urgent need for intervention. The presence of major gangs in the community, as well as a number of other less organized gangs, has over the years, contributed to the level of crime. Additionally, the criminal activities of these gangs are not only restricted to the geographical boundaries of the community but have negatively affected other areas. The community in 2016 went a year without murder and it has been the beneficiary of several anti-violence social intervention efforts over decades. Home…

Prime Minister Andrew Holness Remarks for Press Briefing on May 31, 2020

July, 07 2020
Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen. Thanks for joining us on this Sunday afternoon.  We welcome Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica from home and abroad who are joining us virtually. As you know, a number of measures in the existing order under the Disaster Risk Management Act will expire today, May 31, 2020. The purpose of today’s press conference is to inform the public about the measures that will be in place as of tomorrow, June 1, 2020.  We have been indicating for last two weeks, that we will move into the next phase of our management of the pandemic.  We have been successful in our efforts thus far which have been focused on containment of the virus.  We had our first confirmed case of COVID-19 nearly 12 weeks ago and, as at yesterday, we had a total of 581 confirmed cases, of which 290 persons have recovered.  Unfortunately, we have had 9 deaths and we currently have two persons critically ill.  Therefore, there are currently 282 active cases. On the first graph displayed on your screen, the solid black line which is now appearing shows the cumulative number of cases (581) as announced yesterday.  The dotted black line displays the…